shorterthanu welcome to duckhuntingchat!
That is funny that you found the review on google. haha! I am glad to hear that you like your 105 cti and I am very impressed to hear that you have the original version with virtually no problems (besides you said failure to cycle occasionally). Did it ever have to go back to the factory for repair work?
Have you thought about maybe getting the 105 cti 2 enhancement kit? You send your shotgun into Remington and they will upgrade all the parts and labeling as it is for the 105 cti 2. From what I have read and heard the difference between the 105 cti and the 105 cti 2 is quite significant in improving the function and performance of the shotgun (ohio mike said his kicks slightly harder (read above), but I have not heard this from anyone else that has had this done). The cost is $440 for it unless you can make a valid warranty claim that you are having cycling problems ( you said you got it in 07 so I guess the warrany is probably expired... Just thought I should mention it though.)
I saw a brand new 1st style 105 cti sell for $610 on an auction website the other day. I have seen brand new 105 cti 2's going for about $750 to $850 online. The prices keep getting better and better! My local Cabelas is offering new 105 cti 2 for $999, and there are the cash card coupons available that will give you $150 in store credit if you spend $500. If you are able to use two of those coupons that would put the 105 cti 2 at about $700.
I also first fell in love 105 cti also when I read a bunch of reviews about in magazines, and about the bottom eject receiver ect. However, when I finally put my paws on a 105 cti the guy at the gun counter in Cabelas scared me away stating that there was numerous problems with them, and to wait for an updated version to come out. However, I still remember the first time I shouldered it at Cabelas, it came up like a dream for me, it was just like an extension of my body and besides all of the problems he told me it had I wanted it anyway. lol. Long story short I waited a few years and when the 105 cti 2 came out, I got one right away.
A little update on my 105 cti's:
Just last week I got my spare parts for my two 105 cti 2's. I got a brand new 28 inch barrel for my 105 cti 2 that has 26 inch barrel on it. I got a new rate control damper assembly (the oil filled housing cylinder in the buttstock), a recoil pad, 3 action springs, a firing pin, a firing pin spring, and an extra fore end support. Everything was packaged very nicely and labeled (but it was really expensive the barrel alone was $302!!!
). Some of the parts were back-ordered but I got my stuff within about 3-4 weeks. I am just nervous that they will soon not have very much for spare parts because they are not producing the 105 cti 2 anymore, and the rumor I read about the Versamax is that they are using most of the parts from the old 105 cti line. So I stocked up, and I should be good for life now.